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Social Statistics for a Diverse Society

ISBN-10: 1412968240
ISBN-13: 9781412968249
Edition: 5th 2009
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List price: $99.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/12/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 616
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.926
Language: English

This edition includes SPSS student version 17.0 software bundled with the Student Resource CD material. With this important resource, students may work with most data sets from their personal computers. Using straightforward prose and emphasizing intuition and common sense, this book teaches basic statistics while incorporating real research examples related to the dynamic interplay of race, class, gender and other social variables within our society and our global neighbours. The text includes resources designed to support effective teaching: illustrations showing how statistical concepts are used to interpret social issues, guides for reading and interpreting the research literature, SPSS demonstrations, and a rich variety of exercises. This new edition has been substantially reorganized, to include: " Descriptive and inferential statistics in discrete units, followed by coverage of data analysis. " Social issues beyond race and gender, for example, class and mobility. " New end-of-chapter exercises " A fresh data set for criminology and social work. " Fully updated features, including 'Learning Checks', 'Statistics in Practice', 'A Closer Look' boxes and other helpful devices.

Chava Frankfort-Nachmias is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the coauthor of Research Methods in the Social Sciences (with David Nachmias),nbsp;coeditor of Sappho in the Holy Land (with Erella Shadmi) and numerous publications on ethnicitynbsp;and development, urban revitalization, science and gender, and women in Israel. She was thenbsp;recipient of the University of Wisconsin System teaching improvement grant on integrating race,nbsp;ethnicity, and gender into the social statistics and research methods curriculum. She is also thenbsp;coauthor (with Anna Leon-Guerrero) of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society .

Anna Leon-Guerrero is a Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. Shenbsp;received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She teaches coursesnbsp;in statistics, social theory, and social problems. Her areas of research and publications include familynbsp;business, social welfare policy, and social service program evaluation. She is also the author ofnbsp; Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action .

The What and Why of Statistics
The Research Process
Asking Research Questions
The Role of Theory
Formulating the Hypothesis
Collecting Data
Analyzing Data and Evaluating the Hypotheses
Looking at Social Differences
Organization of Information: Frequency Distributions
Frequency Distributions
Proportions and Percentages
Percentage Distributions
Statistics in Practice: Labor Force Participation Among Latinos
The Construction of Frequency Distributions
Cumulative Distributions
Statistics in Practice: Marriage and Divorce Rates Over Time
Reading the Research Literature: Statistical Tables
Graphic Presentation
The Pie Chart: Race and Ethnicity of the Elderly
The Bar Graph: Living Arrangements and Labor Force Participation of the Elderly
The Statistical Map: The Distribution of the Elderly
The Histogram
Statistics in Practice: The "Graying" of America
The Frequency Polygon
Time Series Charts
Statistics in Practice: Diversity at a Glance
Measures of Central Tendency
The Mode
The Median
The Mean
The Shape of the Distribution: Television and Education
Considerations for Choosing a Measure of Central Tendency
Measures of Variability
The Importance of Measuring Variability
The Index of Qualitative Variation (IQV): A Brief Introduction
The Range
The Interquartile Range: Increases in Elderly Population
The Box Plot
The Variance and the Standard Deviation
Considerations for Choosing a Measure of Variation
Reading the Research Literature: Differences in College Aspirations and Expectations Among Latino Adolescents
The Normal Distribution
Properties of the Normal Distribution
Standard (Z) Scores
The Standard Normal Distribution
The Standard Normal Table
A Final Note
Sampling and Sampling Distribution
Aims of Sampling
Some Basic Principles of Probability
Probability Sampling
The Concept of Sampling Distributions
The Sampling Distribution of the Mean
The Central Limit Theorem
Estimation Defined
Procedures for Estimating Confidence Intervals for Means
Statistics in Practice: Hispanic Migration and Earnings
Confidence Intervals for Proportions
Statistics in Practice: The Democratic Presidential Nomination
Testing Hypotheses
Assumptions of Statistical Hypothesis Testing
Stating the Research and Null Hypotheses
Determining What Is Sufficiently Improbable: Probability Values and Alpha
The Five Steps in Hypothesis Testing: A Summary
Errors in Hypothesis Testing
Testing Hypotheses About Two Samples
The Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means
The Five Steps in Hypothesis Testing About Difference Between Means: A Summary
Testing the Significance of the Difference Between Two Sample Proportions
Relationship Between Two Variables: Cross-Tabulation
Independent and Dependent Variables
How to Construct a Bivariate Table: Race and Home Ownership
How to Compute Percentages in a Bivariate Table
How to Deal With Ambiguous Relationships Between Two Variables
Reading the Research Literature: Place of Death in America
The Properties of a Bivariate Relationship
Statistics in Practice: Family Support fort he Transition From High School
The Chi-Square Test
The Concept of the Chi-Square as a Statistical Test
The Concept of Statistical Independence
The Structure of Hypothesis Testing With Chi-Square
The Limitations of the Chi-Square Test: Sample Size and Statistical Significance
Statistics in Practice: Education and Health Assement
Reading the Research Literature: Sibling Cooperation and Academic Achievement
Measures of Association for Nominal and Ordinal Variables
Proportional Reduction of Error: A Brief Introduction
Lambda: A Measure of Association for Nominal Variables
Gamma: An Ordinal Measure of Association
Calculating Gamma
Calculating Kendall's Tau-b
Using Ordinal Measures with Dichotomous Variables
Reading the Research Literature: Worldview and Abortion Beliefs
Regression and Correlation
The Scatter Diagram
Linear Relations and Prediction Rules
Statistics in Practice: Median Household Income and Criminal Behavior
Methods for Assessing the Accuracy of Predictions
Statistics in Practice: Teen Pregnancy and Social Inequality
Statistics in Practice: The Marriage Penalty in Earnings
Multiple Regression
Analysis of Variance
Understanding Analysis of Variance
The Structure of Hypothesis Testing Wwith ANOVA
The Five Steps in Hypothesis Testing: A Summary
Testing the Significance of r2 Using ANOVA
ANOVA for Multiple Linear Regressions
Reading the Research Literature: Self-Image and Ethnic Indentification
Reading the Research Literature: Effects of Authority Structures and Gender on Interaction in Task Groups
Table of Random Numbers
The Standard Normal Table
Distribution of t
Distribution of Chi-Square
Distribution of F
A Basic Math Review
Answers to Odd-Numbered Questions

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